Maxed Out 

Process, process, process

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And the saddest part of that exercise in futility may lie in the letter Mike Wintemute wrote. It seems Mike was in favour of the P3 route. He was upset that his voice, and those who felt as he did, wasn’t going to be heard. He wanted the issue taken to referendum.

Well, Mike, so did everyone else. Everyone except for muni staff, who were taking their marching orders from council, and council themselves, who seemed to think they could pull a fast one by opting for the democracy-lite route, assuming those opposed could never conjure up the signatures required, let alone twice that number. Everyone wanted it to go to referendum in the first place. But the people who trusted us to elect them to office seem to have trouble trusting us on other issues. And even more trouble trusting us to understand how and why they come to the decisions they make.

I don’t understand where that mistrust comes from or why they don’t understand the importance of selling us – and I don’t mean those self-serving, full-page, misinformation ads – on their decisions. But with so many contentious issues coming up for decision soon, trust and selling are intertwined skills they’d better learn.

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